I was scouring my brain, thinking where exactly I should spend a couple of days at, I wanted, nature, trees, streams, anywhere picturesque. After hours of devouring an entire box of chocolates, what popped into my tired brain is the little Hagimit waterfalls. Luckily, despite the peak season of summer- not to mention the crazy airfare rates, I found a friendly deal with Cebu Pacific Air. GOSH! It took me months of planning to make my vacation happen and finally, after being away for years I got the chance to visit my hometown again. One of the best attractions in the Davao region is the Island Garden City of Samal. Just 15 minutes away by a ferry boat service or a bus transported by a barge, you can cross from Davao city wharf to the island’s Ferry Terminal in Babak and Penaplata. First off, you’ll see a huge sign right at the entrance that says “PAY HERE.” The fee which I find pretty cheap is what they use to maintain the cleanliness of the streams and the surrounding area. The rate for children 8 years old and above is only ₱40 or 90 cents in American currency. While for ages 2 to 7 years old, the rate is ₱20 or 44 cents.

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As the saying goes, if you want something so bad, you gotta need to work your ass hard for it. And there it was, I found myself navigating 200 steps downhill, which was certainly a leg workout. My journey to the little Hagimit waterfalls was like a trail hike except that we were treading on concrete steps. Boy! I’m glad we ate breakfast prior that unexpected walkathon. Nevertheless, my excitement was soaring high, and I really cared less that I made it there all tuckered out because it is all worth the sweat for. The walkathon on a hot sunny day sucked most of my energy, so I quickly ran to the stream and soaked my tired feet. The refreshing stream water and the trees looking down at you (not the creepy way) helped reduce the air temperature brought me back to life. I just sat on the rock and relaxed.

The little Hagimit waterfalls in the Island Garden city of Samal is a Nature’s love. Nothing comforts my eyes more than being surrounded by lush trees and beautiful streams. I spent my three days wandering without wearing corrective lenses. It is certainly true that the eye-soothing canopy of greens remedies eye-strain. According to the old folks I met who are residents of the Island since the early part of the 20th century, the river has its enchantments. They shared stories of people who had encountered the environmental spirits living near the Hagimit Falls and the surrounding forest.

There are cottages here and small stores too. Oh! They named the resort “Mahal Forest Resort.” They have a wooden raft too! Aren’t those nice sights? There’s a part of the Hagimit waterfalls that more than 6 feet deep, if you’re like me who can’t swim – better wear a life jacket. My favorite part of the Hagimit falls, just situated where the sunlight meets the aquamarine waters. However short the vacation was, I was able to fit the tour around the Island in just three days. I created the warmest memories by taking pictures of many beautiful tropical sceneries. I am so thrilled to share this with all my readers. My next destination? Hmm.. I’ll let you know about it.